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Living in Newcastle



The home of beaches, vineyards, creativity and dance

We’ve tried to keep it a secret, but Lonely Planet listed Newcastle as one of its top ten hottest cities globally and now the whole world has embraced her charm.

Check this recent guide from Lonely Planet – 48 hours in Newcastle. It gives you a great overview of the vibrancy and revitalisation of this post-industrial city. Newcastle is more than glittering beaches – its rich and fascinating history has cultivated a strong performing arts culture developed alongside a working harbor and innovative and entrepreneurial business culture.

Nature walks, beaches and bike tracks, arts projects, festivals and cultural events have also rejuvenated Newcastle’s five inner-city precincts, making this vibrant city an eclectic blend of bohemian arts, nature and surf culture.

With a population of approximately 55,000, Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales.  Situated approximately two hours north of Sydney, on the New South Wales coast, Newcastle has a warm, temperate climate with warm to hot summers, cool winters and rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year.

We have all the benefits of a big city without the stress, offering easy access to shopping, beaches, entertainment and the Hunter Valley. It is far enough from Sydney to have developed its own unique identity and relaxed lifestyle, while being close enough to take advantage of the entertainment and performance opportunities Sydney offers.

Newcastle has the enviable reputation as the birthplace of national and international talent with a considerable number of locally trained dancers, singers, musicians and actors making their mark on the world stage.

Civic Theatre

One of Australia’s great historic theatres, the Civic hosts a wide range of concerts, musicals, plays, dance and other events all year round.  Designed by famed 1920’s theatre architect Henry Eli White a ‘Spanish Baroque’ style, the grand marble foyer and staircase, terrazzo balcony, beautiful interiors and historic main auditorium chandelier, makes for a stunning and unforgettable experience.  We are blessed each year to perform our end of year production in this incredible 1500 seat venue.


Local bus and train transport is reliable and widespread throughout Newcastle.  Students can catch the bus to local shopping centres, popular beaches and entertainment.

Student Living Facilities

Boarding with the National College of Dance gives students the opportunity to attend the National College of Dance from interstate and regional Australia. Accommodation is available for students over 15 years of age and provides a collegiate and safe environment.  At this time students are billeted with families local to NCD venue.  If you are interested in training at NCD and require accommodation, please contact us to discuss.